MU Awards Faculty Member Kemper Fellowship Award
COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri awarded one of its professors Wednesday morning with the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence award.
Deputy Chancellor Mike Middleton and other staff members surprised Angela Speck with a $10,000 check during one of her lectures.
Speck's initial reaction was fear. "It's slightly terrifying seeing a crowd of people walk into your room," said Speck.
However, Speck said she is excited and honored to receive the award. "I've put a lot of effort into my teaching, I really care about making sure the students actually learn and it's really nice to get some recognition for that," said Speck.
Speck is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy and has taught at MU for 11 years.
Brian Laslay is one of Speck's students. He thinks she is deserving of the award. "She's really enthusiastic and this is the first class I've actually had with her, but she always tried to find new ways to explain things," said Laslay.
MU awards five professors with the Kemper Fellowships each year.
The Willaim T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence started in 1991 and rewards exceptional MU professors. The award was founded in memory of William T. Kemper. Kemper graduated from MU in 1926 and was a civic leader in Kansas City. He held positions in banks for 52 years in Missouri, Kansas, and Oklahoma.